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Pavement Rolling Resistance Presentation, September 14th, 2011

As part of pooled fund study TPF 5-(134) with the participation of Minnesota and Texas departments of transportation and Federal Highway (FHWA), a strategy to measure rolling resistance of all the pavement surfaces at the MnROAD test facility is discussed. Rolling resistance is a pavement surface characteristic that is indicative of fuel efficiency based on tire pavement interaction.


On September 14th, 2011 Professor Jerzy(Jurek) Ejsmont will present at the MnROAD research facility at 10:00AM. This presentation will introduce new technology that has never previously been used within the United States. This presentation is open to the public.


If attending please RSVP with Maureen Jensen at Maureen.Jensen@state.mn.us


Stop Frequency Ground Penetrating Radar, September 14th, 2011

Step Frequency Ground Penetrating Radar is a non-destructive testing technology that FHWA has been evaluating and developing for use in the U.S. This technology has the ability to provide 3-D imaging, continuous calibration, and more detailed assessment of in-situ conditions such as AC stripping, layer debonding and moisture detection, in addition to pavement layer thickness.


Tom Yu ofFHWA will give a brief, informal presentation on results from testing in Minnesota followed by demonstration of the technology. This will be done at 1:00pm in the MnROAD Conference room. This presentation is open to the public.


If attending please RSVP with Maureen Jensen at Maureen.Jensen@state.mn.us

MnROAD Research Conference, October 4th, 2011


This one-day conference will highlight the results of several pooled fund and single state research studies initiated during Phase II of MnROAD.The conference will provide pavement practitioners with information on pavement materials, design, construction, and rehabilitation that is ready to be implemented in Minnesota and around the country.


Sessions will focus on recycled materials, pavement rehabilitation, preventive maintenance, long- life pavements, surface characteristics, and other research information. The conference will feature a tour of the MnROAD research facility, including visits to selected test sections and demonstrations of various test equipment. The official announcement is located in the file below with more information:



Recent Conferences & Trainings


Warm Mix Asphalt

June 1st, 2011- Webinar


This webinar covers current research into Warm Mix Asphalt presented by Luke Arnold, a graduate student of Michigan Tech University.



15th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 10th, 2011- St. Paul Minnesota

Continuing Education and Conference Center


Speakers at the 2011 TERRA Pavement Conference highlighted sustainability, innovative construction practices for better pavement performance, alternatives to paving, best practices for in- place recycling and PCC pavement rehabilitation. The link below provides further information:

2011 Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference


Composite Pavements Webinar

January 13th, 2011 - Webinar


This webinar discussed composite pavement technology being investigated through two research projects at the Minnesota Road Research Facility (MnROAD), a real-life accelerated pavement test facility near St. Paul, MN. Topics covered included test section construction and instrumentation activities, early laboratory and field performance, non-destructive testing evaluation techniques, performance predictions using the Mechanistic Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG), and a contractor's theoretical cost-estimating scenario.

Composite Pavements Webinar


MnROAD Open House

In August of 2010, MnROAD staff hosted an Open House featuring presentations and demonstrations developed from over 15 years of research at the MnROAD facility. Below are documents presented during this open house:



14th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 11th, 2010- St. Paul Minnesota

Continuing Education and Conference Center


Speakers at the 2010 TERRA Pavement Conference addressed several topics, including innovative low- volume road construction practices, environmentally sensitive road construction and maintenance techniques, and the issue of heavy traffic and loads.For more information follow the link presented below:

2010 Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference


Swedish- Minnesota Workshop

November 17th, 2009


Representatives from the Swedish Road Administration, Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute and MnDOT met to discuss topics in research, pavement design and construction. The following link provides further information:

Swedish- Minnesota Workshop Information


14th ASCE Conference on Cold Regions Engineering

August 30 - September 2, 2009 - Duluth, MN


The Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with participation of the Duluth Section of ASCE, will sponsor its Fourteenth Conference on Cold Regions Engineering in Duluth, Minnesota at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. More Information


Midwestern States In-Place Recycling Conference

August 11-13, 2009 - Bloomington, MN


The Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA) and FHWA have joined together to develop a series of regional In-Place Recycling Conferences & Workshops. Each conference will provide a forum to share and publicize information describing improvements in research, design, specifications, materials and construction practices, and to promote the cost benefits of In-Place Recycling through education and application.

More Information

Conference Flyer


Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota Pervious Concrete Open House

June 11, 2009 - 1 pm to 3 pm - Monticello, MN



ARM invites you to tour the MnROAD facility and learn more details about the ongoing pervious concrete research that’s taking place in Minnesota.This event is being offered free of charge to ARM members, contractors, owners, specifiers, engineers, city, state and county officials, and all others who have an interest in pervious concrete.

More Information


National Workshop on Polyphosphoric Acid Modification of Asphalt Binders

April 7 & 8, 2009


This workshop will pull together facts about PPA modified asphalt and performance.  Researchers and practitioners from FHWA, state and other agencies, along with industry personnel, will present the latest information on the PPA modification and performance.  The workshop format will promote interactive discussion between presenters and participants and include a site visit to MnROAD test sections. 

Workshop Presentations


13th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 12, 2009 - St. Paul, MN

Continuing Education Center


This conference provides practical information to practitioners about the latest innovations in pavement construction, preservation, rehabilitation, and management.

Conference Flyer

Pavement Conference: Session Summaries


Technology Transfer Concrete Consortium (TTCC) and National Concrete Consortium (NCC)

September 23-24, 2008

Will include a tour of MnROAD



TERRA Innovation Series: MnROAD Phase Two research program

July 30, 2008

Information and a tour of the many new projects at MnROAD



Minnesota Pavement Conference

February 14, 2008

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